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Mark Johnson Named University's VP for Technology and CIO

New vice president for technology and chief information officer will begin his duties March 23.

2016-03-03
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-3-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport announced that Mark A. Johnson has been named the new vice president for technology and chief information officer at Minnesota State Mankato. He will begin his duties at the University March 23.

Johnson previously held the same position at Minnesota State Mankato from 2001 to 2006; he also served in that role on an interim basis from August 2010 to July 2011.

Johnson, who earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and business administration from Minnesota State Mankato, has held several positions in private industry, including at Brown Printing Company and General Mills. He was also the president and chief administrative officer of the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates from 2007 to 2010. Most recently, he was the president of the Impact Group Technology Solutions, a global company specializing in strategic planning and program/project management.

Davenport said he was pleased that Johnson has decided to return to higher education after several years in private industry.

“I’m thrilled that Mark is returning to pursue his passion for higher education,” Davenport said. “We are fortunate to have someone who is so highly qualified to fill this position.”

Johnson replaces Ed Clark, who left the University in July 2015. David Jones, Minnesota State Mankato’s vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, stepped in to lead the Division of Information and Technology Services on an interim basis while a national search was completed.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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